May 6, 2020; 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
This is a virtual event.
Much has been said of the COVID-19 Pandemic’s mental health toll on those living within, and near, major metropolitan areas, where there are the most dire case surges. However, what can sometimes get under-addressed is the mental health toll of this crisis on farm families in the U.S.. This workshop, hosted by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, will focus on how community agencies and practitioners can support farmers and farm families during this crisis, as impacts on supply chains have led to major disturbances in farm families’ livelihoods. Per the NCRCRD:
Farmers and farm families in the North Central Region face innumerable threats to their physical and mental well-being, including changing demographics, limited access to health care, strained finances, weather variability, market prices, and geographic and social isolation. The impact of these issues is evident throughout the agricultural industry in higher rates of stress, depression, burnout, and suicide among farmers and farm families compared to the general population. In this webinar, we will highlight results from a recent project focused on models to support the mental health of farmers and farm families in the North Central Region. First, we will present an environmental scan of programs already in place to support farm family mental health and the gaps we have identified. Second, we will present the findings from a set of interviews with experts on how to best to support the mental health of farmers and their families.
Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the Deputy Director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center. Her research focuses on health equity for rural populations, with a particular emphasis on mental health and well-being.
Florence Becot, PhD, is a rural sociologist and associate research scientist at the National Farm Medicine
Center. Her research focuses on understanding how rural populations, including farm households, meet their social needs with a focus on health, quality of life, and economic opportunities. Recent work includes farm households’ access to health insurance and health care and models to support the mental health needs of farm families.
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